by Andrew Pacholyk MS L.Ac
Peacefulmind.com

Summer is a time of full growth, red, hot, joy, spiritual awareness and traveling. Life is at it’s greatest potential in the summer. Trees, plants, grasses and seeds are now at their full peak offering up the “fruits of their labor”! Take a minute to enjoy this most Yang time of energy and production! These essential oils are great for your first aid kit, as insect repellent, for soothing sunburn, freshening and cleaning! Enjoy these soothing scents for relaxing and letting go.

Bergamot:
antiseptic,antiviral, antibacterial. Best for urinary tract infections, acne, skin problems, cystitis, arthritis, respiratory ailments, cold sores and herpes related ailments.
Do not apply to the skin before going out into the sun for it can increase the susceptibility of the skin
to severe burning (photo toxic/sensitivity)

Chamomile :
antibacterial, antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, analgesic, diuretic, sedative, anti-allergenic, antidepressant, stomachic, vulnerary, antiemetic, carminative. digestive, febrifuge, nervine. Best for external inflammations
teething, nervousness, irritability, depression, burns, sunburn, asthma, hayfever, sprains, strains, nausea, fever.
Avoid during the first trimester of pregnancy.

Citronella:
antiseptic, antidepressant, deodorant, insecticide, stimulant, parasiticide. Best for bug repellent (mosquitoes, moths, fleas). Use to refresh tired and sweaty feet after exercise. Works as a germ killer

Eucalyptus:
vulnerary, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, antibiotic, diuretic, insecticide, stimulant, analgesic, antiviral, decongestant, expectorant, febrifuge. Best for coughs, colds, cystitis, sunburn, heat exhaustion,
insect repellent.
Avoid if you have high blood pressure or epilepsy. May antidote homeopathic remedies.

Grapefruit:
green, bittersweet, zesty, fresh  Best for clearing toxins and improves areas of cellulite, helps with easing the chest during influenza and colds and flu. A great oil for treating anxiety and depression, easing stress
Do not apply to the skin before going out into the sun for it can increase the susceptibility of the skin
to severe burning (photo toxic/sensitivity)

Lavender:
antiseptic, antibiotic, antidepressant, antispasmodic, diuretic, analgesic, nervine, immune stimulant, sedative. antiviral, carminative, decongestant, fungicide  Best for burns and blisters, wounds (cell regenerator, minismizes swelling and scarring) insect bites. stings and heat exhaustion.
Avoid during the first trimester of pregnancy.

Lemon:
refreshing, stimulating, uplifting. Best for fighting infection, cools fever, stops bleeding, tightens and tones tissue,softens and soothes skin. promotes bowel movements and increases urination. Lowers both blood sugar and blood pressure. Stimulates immunity.
Do not apply to the skin before going out into the sun for it can increase the susceptibility of the skin
to severe burning (photo toxic/sensitivity)

Orange:
warm, fresh, citrusy, sweet. Stimulates lymphatic circulation. Best for improving immunity, fights infection, reduces inflammation, relieves muscle spasm, eases digestive disorders. Cools fever and warms chills,
calms nerves, diminishes depression.
Do not apply to the skin before going out into the sun for it can increase the susceptibility of the skin
to severe burning (photo toxic/sensitivity)

Peppermint:
digestive, carminative, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, febrifuge, nervine, analgesic, astringent, decongestant. expectorant, stomachic, vermifuge. Best for indigestion, flatulence, halitosis. skin irritations, flu, colds, coughs, fever. headache, migraine,  fatigue, toothache, flea and ant repellent.
May irritate sensitive skin and mucous membranes. Avoid during pregnancy and while nursing.
May antidote homeopathic remedies.

Rosemary:
antiseptic. analgesic, antirheumatic. antispasmodic, antidepressant. astringent. carminnive. cicatrisant. digestive, diuretic. stimulant. vulnerary, stomachic, nervine. Best for muscular aches and pains sprains
fatigue (mental and physical) headache, migraine, coughs, flu

Tea Tree:
antiseptic, antiviral, antibacterial, antibiotic, antifungal, expectorant, insecticide, cicatrisant (wound healer). Best for infections, ringworm, athlete’s foot, sunburn, shaving, bruises and cuts, warts, pimples.
May irritate sensitive skin.

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